Ponder and deliberate before you make a move.
The spot where we intend to fight must not be made known. for then the enemy will have to prepare against a possible attack at several different points.
Disorder came from order, fear came from courage, weakness came from strength.
All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.
Be stern in the council-chamber, [Show no weakness, and insist on your plans being ratified by the sovereign.] so that you may control the situation.
To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.